Fast Is Fast: VW Is The New King of the Hill

Volkwagen’s electric ID R Pikes Peak has destroyed all Pikes Peak records in its first competitive outing. Blazing across the 14,110ft finish line at 7 minutes and 57.148 seconds, Romain Dumas is now the fastest man to the summit, averaging ...

Cooking Up A Storm At Drift Masters Hungary

Champions League For a long time, European drifting has sat in the shadows of the USA and Japan. It’s an injustice in my eyes, as although in previous years it’s not been as polished as its counterparts, things are really ...

Drag Battle: The Video

MotiveDVD‘s GT-R Challenge and Drag Battle are strictly invite-only events, with no media coverage outside of the host’s own team. So, how did we get involved? What started off as a group of mates testing cars on a private runway strip has ...

It’s OK To Be Excited

Let’s just take a moment to talk about something. When did it become the thing to not show any excitement about the best things in our automotive world? Almost as if it’s a badge of honour to be completely blasé about ...

Ford Versus Japan

Working Class Heroes For me, the highlight of Players Classic was the increase in diversity. While I can never recall any of the Players events being billed as exclusively VW Group events, it seems that more and more people are ...

A Night Out With The Bosozoku

Welcome to the epitome of Japanese underground car culture. Kaido racers, dekotora, bosozoku and their bikes, and the king pimp daddy of them all Morohoshi and his flashy Lamborghini Aventador. This may all look and sound like something out of a movie ...

This Is What You’re Missing At Players

I did say that I thought it was going to be good, but it surpassed even my expectations. Every Players Classic event that I’ve attended over the years has been a highlight of each season. It’s a great recipe for an ...

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

No, it’s not December despite what society would want you to believe. July is not only the height of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, but it’s also peak Speedhunting season. This is the time of year that defines every motoring ...

Can You Shoot A Car Show On A Phone?

Of course you can. With enough ingenuity, you could probably shoot a car show on a potato if you had to. The real questions are would you actually want to and can you do so to at the very least a ...

Get Out & Drive

When Was Your Last Time? When was the last time you got out and went for a drive? I’m not talking about the daily commute or a quick lap around the block. No, what I’m asking, is how long has ...

How Italy Will Make Its Own GT-R

This is the sort of car we want to see coming from Nissan – the perfect fusion of Japanese performance, Nissan global design, and engineering by a legendary Italian coachbuilder. The GT-R50 celebrates 50 years of GT-R and Italdesign, and it’s something extremely special. But don’t ...

Big Cuts & Ditch Hunting At Rally Ypres

This is becoming repetitive, almost to the point of feeling utterly futile. Each 30-second blast feels exactly like the last, only this time there is an angry-looking man approaching at a rapid pace and I have little time to compose ...

Why Do ‘Ring Records Matter?

Porsche has just obliterated the outright record time for a complete lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with an unbelievable 5:19:546. As we speak, Timo Bernhard has just finished lapping the infamous Green Hell in the Porsche 919 Evo, first setting a 5:31:899, ...

Back To The Future: Retroteching The Yamaha R1

Over To You They tell us a picture is worth a thousand words, but that picture can only share a fraction of a second of the full story, and usually only the final result. Within the realms of modified ...

What’s So Special About The ’80s & ’90s Anyway?

Let’s Get Rad On the whole, the 1980s and 1990s represent an era of major automotive disappointment. Smaller, less powerful motors further crippled by strict emissions guidelines. An ever-worsening driving experience and a continued shift away from a proper transmission. Heavier cars which ...

From Ohio To Kentucky: Exploring the Mid-West

Garage Finds It turns out the Midwest is as car-crazed as the rest of America. On my visit to the area nearly a month ago, I know that I only barely scratched the surface of what this neck of the ...

A Simple Guide To Track Day Preparation

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. It’s as overused a cliché as they come, but that doesn’t mean there’s no merit to the saying. There’s particular significance when the saying is applied to track day preparation in your own vehicle, ...

There’s Something In The Water In Ireland

A Brief History It began long before I was born. It’s an obsession that started with my parents’ generation and naturally transferred to mine and the next. It originated on the rally stages of Ireland, the real Circuit of Ireland as my father refers ...

Good Morning Gatebil!

A Long Time Coming I can’t believe I’m actually here. This may come as a surprise, but despite being a member of the Speedhunters team for the last two-and-a-bit years, and a regular reader of the site since the early, ...

Fast Friday At Gatebil

Zero Chill Blink and you’ll miss it. An inordinately fast car attacking the track, the past hour or so, that split second moment that you turned away from, or even an entire day. Gatebil just absorbs time, turning an entire ...

The Supra Is Coming To NASCAR

Rumors were abound, but now it’s official: the new Toyota Supra is heading to one of the least likely motorsport series you’d expect to see it in. Or at least its name is anyway. While it’s not the full-blown Cup Series, the ...

Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out At Gatebil

Being from the UK, my world is completely and utterly ruled by the weather. But without it I’d have nothing to make small talk about, no means to plan my life, and not a lot to complain about. Actually scrap that last part, I’ll ...

Is That A Supra?! At Gatebil, Probably

When’s the last time that you saw a MkIV Toyota Supra on the road? Honestly, I can’t remember myself, and I come from a country where JDM imports are fairly commonplace, comparatively. I pass Skylines, RX-7s and Silvias several times ...

Respect All Builds?

The Dark Side When I was at Subaru Summer Solstice in San Diego last weekend I saw a huge mix of builds, from near stock dailies to lifted Outbacks to super-slammed show cars. While I enjoyed checking out the attendees rides ...

Rationalising The Irrational

Making Sense Of It Because Gatebil. Is that now old enough to be cliché? Maybe. But it’s a phrase that just keeps on springing to mind when you try and explain or rationalise what you see here. My third and final ...

Honda’s V-Twin Gamble: The VTR SP2

From a screaming 1989 CR-X SiR, it was on to a very different type of Honda in the Newera Imports workshop the other week. The RC51 VTR SP2 was a bit of a special bike for Honda, one that came out ...

Someone Made Me A Ferrari F80

I have to say, I’m pretty lucky. This is my Ferrari F80. Sure, it may only exist in the digital realm, but it’s mine. It was specifically designed for me as a birthday present by a talented car designer, and it ...

7’s Day Tokyo: Ode To The Wankel

Heading Down To Daikoku PA With July 7 landing on a Saturday this year, there was a lot of anticipation for the annual 7’s Day meets at famous parking areas in Yokohama and Chiba. Unfortunately, the police seemed pretty excited about it ...

Experiencing Rudskogen At Full Throttle

Along For The Ride “Go for a passenger ride today”. That’s the WhatsApp message that pings up from Paddy as I’m sat in the media room at Gatebil Rudskogen. For some reason I agree and, having already spoken to Norwegian ...

Project GT-R Gadgets Up

It’s been a few months since my last Project GT-R update in which the car’s fuel system was addressed, but next on the list for Tokyo Auto Salon prep was sorting out a few issues and adding some functional gadgets to the mix. So it was off to Nakamura-san at ...

Turning Plastic Into Parts With Vacuum Thermoforming

Engimaneerin’ As some of you may know, I slaved away for four years spending 30-odd thousand dollars to get my degree, like a proper American. However, if my work here is any indication, my day to day now involves exactly zero mechanical engineering. While I had a ...

A Cinematic Look At 7’s Day

Brap-brap-brap, anyone? As Dino mentioned in his 7’s Day main coverage, I pulled into Daikoku PA shortly afterward his arrival with the goal of capturing some rotary magic on video.Truth be told, out of the four years that I have been living ...

Hey Mazda, Bring Back The Cosmo!

Warning: things are about to get overly nostalgic here… 1996 was the year that Mazda killed off the Cosmo, almost 30 years after the model put the little automaker from Hiroshima on the map. It was a a decent stretch which saw the ...

The New, New At Goodwood

Gotta Have It When you’re at the Goodwood Festival of Speed there’s a wide variety of automotive-related delights to tickle your fancy. I’ve a soft spot for the older machines – the classic liveries and celebrated cars that have enjoyed ...

Tunnel Attacking In Kuala Lumpur

What the hell is a tunnel attack? The question tumbled around in my head for hours on end. All I’d been told was that someone would pick me up from my hotel at around midnight, and that this ‘tunnel attack’ was being hosted ...

The Beginning Of The End For Car Culture In Japan?

Am I overreacting? I honestly don’t know what to think after seeing these pictures that some friends sent through to me following their experience at Umihotaru Parking Area this past Saturday. For many years now, 7’s Day celebrations in Tokyo have seen ...

Meet Mark, The 16-Year-Old Filmmaker

Evolution There’s another side to all the cars that are featured on Speedhunters. In fact, it exists at just about every single meet or event and throughout every build. Any time you see a photograph or video of a car, something is happening ...

The Canadian Shop Aiming For Perfection

The ‘Cyr’ In Cyrious One of the many things in life that astounds me is the ability professional drivers have to balance operating a race program with running a shop. I hardly seem to have enough time in a day ...

How They Do It In Hong Kong

Despite its relatively small physical size, Hong Kong is a place where car culture thrives. If you visit you will always see a few interesting cars on the streets, but for the most part, the real scene is underground. Because ...

On Video: StanceWars Seattle

StanceWars, according to its organizer, is the largest growing fitment event to come from the Seattle, Washington area. Their home-base show took place this past weekend, and our friend Mark Vasilyuk was there, camera in hand. If you’ve never made it out yourself ...

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